Barack Obama makes new efforts to & # 39; partisan gerrymandering & # 39; by joining the group of his former Attorney General Eric Holder, who explicitly promotes an advantage for Democrats
- Barack Obama announced a new initiative to help Democrats get to the top of the 2021 redistribution process
- His Redistricting U, part of his work with Eric Holder, will teach and train local recruits to become leaders in what they call the fair map movement
- & # 39; The fair card movement determines the progress of every topic we care about in the next decade, & # 39; Obama said
- Holder has redistributed his main question since he left the Ministry of Justice
- Both Obamas – the former president and Michelle – have insisted on greater public participation in the political process since they left the White House
Barack Obama announced a new initiative on Monday to recruit volunteers to help Democrats reach the top of the redistribution process that will begin after the 2020 census has been completed.
The former president goes with his Eric Attorney General, his former attorney general, to teach and train local recruits to become leaders in what they call the fair map movement.
& # 39; I always believed that training is the core of organizing & # 39 ;, Obama said in a statement about the group website.
& # 39; The fair card movement determines the progress of every topic we care about in the coming decade. And we can't wait to start organizing when the redistribution process starts in 2021. We need to build this movement from the ground up – right now, & he added.
Barack Obama announced a new initiative to help Democrats get to the top of the 2021 redistribution process
Redistricting You are part of his work with his former advocate general Eric Holder
Redistricting You is an extension of the All On The Line campaign, a combination of Obama & # 39; s Organizing For Action and Holder & # 39; s National Redistricting Action Fund.
Holder has redistributed his central issue since he left the Ministry of Justice. His group, which Obama has supported from the start, works at state level to select local candidates who can influence the making of cards and voting laws.
Redistricting You, paid for by the National Redistricting Action Fund of Holder, aims to train volunteers to help that goal.
& # 39; Gerrymandering is when politicians choose their voters instead of voters choosing their elected officials and that affects communities across the country. The All On The Line campaign fights against gerrymandering and calls for fair cards in the next round of redistribution, & the group says on its website.
Republicans have invested heavily in the midterms of 2010 through their Redistricting Majority Process, a group led by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and advised by former Bush adviser Karl Rove.
The investment paid off in various down-ballot gains and the GOP used their newly found power to turn House districts their way during the 2011 redistribution process.
& # 39; He who manages redistribution can govern Congress & # 39 ;, Rove wrote in a March 2010 Wall Street Journal.
Democrats are working to counter the 2021 map-making process by winning locally next year's election, while Republicans formed the National Republican Redistricting Trust, led by former Governor Scott Walker, to work against Holder's efforts .
And some Democrats, including Holder, are afraid that the battle for state offices will be lost in a presidential election when 20 candidates fight for the Democratic nomination.
& # 39; I understand that people will be legitimately focused on the presidential race, as we should be, & # 39; Holder said Mother Jones last month. & # 39; But it will be my job to ensure that we do not lose sight of those other races that are becoming extremely important. & # 39;
Barack Obama and Eric Holder worked together to help Democrats win at the state level
Both Obamas – the former president and Michelle Obama – have been calling for greater public participation in the political process since leaving the White House
Every 10 years, after a census has been held in the country, the seats of the house are redistributed based on the population and the lines of districts are redrawn to reflect the changing demography.
There is no standard redistribution procedure, since each state determines how the assigned home seats are configured. Some use the state legislator, others use independent commissions.
Both Obamas – the former president and Michelle Obama – have been pushing for more public and voter participation in the political process since leaving the White House.
Michelle Obama is co-chair of We All Vote – a national effort to increase the number of voter registrations across the country.
& # 39; Our democracy and the country we love requires our attention, voice and participation, & she said when the organization was announced. & # 39; If we all vote, we determine our future. & # 39;
That group is also full of Obama administration alumni, including former senior assistant Valerie Jarrett and former first lady chief of staff Tina Tchen.
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